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Saving Gracie: How One Dog Escaped the Shadowy World of American Puppy Mills

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A compelling true story of one dog's rescue from a Pennsylvania puppy millThis touching narrative uses the poignant makeover of Gracie, a sickly Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, to tell the story of America's hidden puppy mills-commercial kennels that breed dogs in horrific living conditions and churn out often-diseased and emotionally damaged puppies for sale.

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ebook, 256 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Howell Books (first published April 1st 2001)
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Yodamom
3.5
Despicable. Puppy mills, their owners and the people who abuse these animals for their greedy gains. Theses a story about the beginning of the Anti puppy mill movement in Pennsylvania and how it moved to other states.
I picked this book up when I saw it was about a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel rescue. I have two CKCS rescues and wanted to connect with the story around my dogs. The CKCS dog is only a small part in the story. It is a very heartbreaking and heart warming story but a very small p
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Blanche
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I give this book 5 stars, not because it is a great work of literature. I usually reserve 5 stars for those. This book puts a face on puppy mills in a way that humane societies and animal rescue groups do not have time for. It is a great piece of journalism. I especially recommend this book to people who have heard of puppy mills, but have not been informed of the details. I already am involved in contributing to the cause. I didn't need the book but wanted to read it. In 1996 I bought a pet sto ...more
Diane
Mar 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I knew this book would not be an easy read, but I just had to read it. Just 2 weeks ago a family member rescued a four year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, like Gracie, from a Georgia puppy mill. This dog is the sweetest little lap dog ever, but everything is foreign to him: his bed, toys, leash, grass, the sound of cars, birds -- all of these things are new to a puppy mill dog.

Saving Gracie: How One Dog Escaped the Shadowy World of American Puppy Mills, is not all about o
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Eva Leger
Mar 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any animal lover and anyone who may buy another animal
Recommended to Eva by: library
I hate waiting to review a book because I'm bound to forget certain things but here goes and I only finished this yesterday so maybe I will remember all I wanted to say.
This first thing is I actually met a Cavalier King Charles from deplorable Mike-Mar kennel that is no longer in business thanks to a lot of local heroes. Yesterday I went to the vets office to get my dog his pills and saw the beautiful little dog. I'd have went over anyway because I love all dogs but since I was currently reading
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Peacegal
Mar 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Saving Gracie is an examination of the infamous but secretive world of the mass breeding facilities known as "puppy mills," through the stories of one group of rescued Spaniels.

Wisely, the author frames the Spaniels' story in a much wider scope by concurrently documenting legislators' efforts to rein in the out-of-control puppy breeding business in the state of Pennsylvania. I found this element more intriguing than the chapters documenting the dogs' struggles with housetraining, walks, and oth
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Jeannie
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I have fallen in love with Gracie, with her rescuers, her new owner and this book!!

I have known of the plight of puppy mill dogs for years (I bought one myself without realizing till too late that he had and will always have temperement issues) and do what I can by donating money to groups who do rescues, wish I could do more, especially after reading this book. It will spur you on to want to do all you can, esecially if you are an animal lover. It reminds me of hoarding but they are hoarding l
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Karla
Jun 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone considering buying a puppy or a dog lover in general.
Recommended to Karla by: Berks County ARL Website
I would highly recommend this book to anybody who is considering buying a dog instead of adopting one from a shelter or rescue group. The book goes in depth at what goes on behind the scenes of a puppy mill raid. It also gives the reader an excellent graphic look into the world of puppy mills and the type of business that are supplied by them.


Also a good read if you are from the Berks County PA area and are a dog lover. It's nice to know that something good can come out of this area besides cri
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Kelle
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love dogs or any animals, this is a must-read. It's the true story of Gracie, a puppy mill dog written by an award-winning journalist. It shows the fighting spirit of animals and humans.

Most people I know don't understand what puppy mills are and how they hurt dogs. This book explains it all in a captivating real-life story of one unfortunate puppy mill dog.

I hope more people will read it so they can make educated decisions when buying from breeders. Or maybe it will steer more people t
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Yvonne
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most engaging nonfiction books I've read recently. I love dogs, and know the Cavalier King Charles dogs fairly well.

The author of this book has taken one rescued dog, Gracie (or dog 132), and woven her story around the real horror story of puppy mills. If you don't know much about puppy mills, or are unaware of what a pervasive problem they still are, this book will do much to add to your education. Plus, you'll love the story of Gracie's happy life after six years as an over-used br
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Amanda Nevins
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a great book! Brought me to tears many times through out and was so inspiring. Th story is not only about Gracie, but the many people that rescued all of the dogs.
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Before turning to books, I spent many years as a newspaper reporter in my home state of Tennessee, New York, Washington D.C. and Montana.

My family had a couple of dogs when I was very young and adopted a number of stray cats, but I really became interested in the lives of animals after my husband, Steve L’Heureux, and I acquired two Shelties. I was fascinated at the intelligence and emotional comp
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